What is considered the original copy of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, written in ink and pencil, will go on display at the Library of Congress, Nov. 8, in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson building. The two-page, handwritten document had been in the possession of Lincoln’s personal secretary John G. Nicolay, and is believed to be the one from which Lincoln read his address on Nov. 19, 1863 at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery.
At the cemetery, beginning at 10 a.m. on Nov. 19, the 150th anniversary of the delivery of the Gettysburg Address will be commemorated. The free “Dedication Day” ceremony will include the recitation of the address. President Obama has been invited to attend the event, but the White House has not announced his schedule for that day.
Individuals and groups are invited on Nov. 19 to recite or read the Gettysburg Address at President’s Lincoln Cottage, also known as Lincoln’s Summer White House, in Washington, D.C. There are five readings scheduled, beginning at 10:45 a.m. and every hour thereafter until 2:45 p.m. Participants must register for the free event.
Three historians are scheduled to discuss Lincoln and his address at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitors Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 16, 17 and 18. These are free events.
On Nov. 16, National Park Service ranger Troy Harman will speak on “Breaking Down the Gettysburg Address Line by Line,” followed by Chris Gwinn on Nov. 17, speaking on “Millennium of Glory: Edward Everett and the Making of his Gettysburg Address.’ On Nov. 18, Chuck Teague is scheduled to discuss, “Lincoln Under God at Gettysburg.”